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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE

Week of: Monday Aug. 10, 2020

Courtesy of:

John H. Keefe III, D.C.

(918) 663-1111

IN THE NEWS: Masks — The Most Controversial COVID-19 Debate? By: Dr. Joseph Mercola an osteopathic physician (DO)---- Science clearly shows face coverings of various kinds do little if anything to prevent respiratory illnesses caused by aerosolized viruses. Influenza viruses — coronaviruses that cause the common cold and SARS-CoV-2 — all spread via the air, not just via droplets or touching contaminated surfaces. Preventing droplet contamination does not mean you also prevent the transmission of the aerosolized virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a beta-coronavirus with a diameter between 60 nanometers (nm) and 140 nm, or 0.06 to 0.14 microns (micrometers). Virus-laden saliva or respiratory droplets expelled when talking or coughing measure between 5 and 10 microns. N95 masks can filter particles as small as 0.3 microns, so they may prevent a majority of respiratory droplets from escaping, but not aerosolized viruses. Lab testing has shown 3M surgical masks can block up to 75% of particles measuring between 0.02 microns and 1 micron while cloth masks block between 30% and 60% of respiratory particles of this size. Regardless of the mask, it will not prevent you from exhaling or inhaling the aerosolized virus, but cloth masks are clearly the least preferable option if you actually want to reduce the spread of infection, as their ability to block respiratory droplets is also limited.

WELLNESS: Sunscreen Chemicals Accumulate at High Levels in Your Body Results from two studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that some sunscreen ingredients enter the bloodstream and accumulate, leading the FDA to review their safety. Researchers found that the absorption of some sunscreen ingredients occurred after only one day of use, and levels in the body could last as long as a week. Studies have found the sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone in human breast milk, amniotic fluid, urine and blood and it may affect endocrine activity. The sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate cause coral bleaching and starve the coral of nutrients, increasing their risk of infection. According to the journal Medical Hypotheses, regular sun exposure is beneficial to your health. Strong warnings from medical associations and the media to avoid sun exposure or to apply sunscreens have resulted in many people being deprived of sunshine's multiple benefits. One of these is vitamin D production, and avoiding the sun may be the reason why so many people are deficient in vitamin D. While it's important to avoid getting sunburned, you need to take care in determining the best way to do that. Obviously, if they have chemicals in them that may not be safe, sunscreens come with their own set of dangers. But, avoiding the sun altogether also isn't good, since that can cause vitamin D deficiencies. This is particularly concerning because a deficiency in vitamin D can put you at risk of other health problems.

CHIROPRACTIC: 21 Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments Improves joint mobility, function, and health. Makes tight muscles lose and loose muscles tight and improves the contractibility (thereby strength) of the muscle. Decreases degeneration of the joints and connective tissues (arthritis). Decreases the on-­-going inflammatory process associated with the subluxation. Improves circulation taking stagnant blood out and bringing new blood in. Speeds up the recovery process. Improves nerve system function and the individual nerve’s ability to carry nerve impulses more efficiently. Strengthens the immune system. Improves individual organ system function (heart, lung, sinuses, digestive, etc). Improves a person’s disposition (they’re more FUN to be around). Calms a hyperactive mind and energizes a depressed mind. Increases energy, vitality, and improves sleep. Relieves/Improves Prenatal Discomfort Decreases the length of labor and associated back pain. Decreases the adverse effects of stress. Improves athletic performance (for ANY sport). Improves Quality of Life by enhancing the enjoyment/fulfillment of a person’s Key Values. Prevention ability for sickness, disease, and pain. Improves overall health and wellness for infants and children. Improves cognitive ability (ability to THINK more clearly). Oh…and it DECREASES PAIN!

FUNNYBONE:  I never believed that chiropractors could solve my back problems…. 2 weeks later I stand corrected.  @@What do you call a chiropractor that loves his job?… a crack addict. @@Anyone need some old copies of Chiropractor Monthly?… I have a lot of back issues.@@“But Quasimodo, what makes you think you need to see a chiropractor?” “Oh it’s just a hunch…”@@Why was the chiropractor a good interrogator? He always got the suspect to crack@@I broke up with my chiropractic girlfriend. She was too manipulative@@ What do you call two chiropractors who’ve got each others back? Vertebros@@Why did the chiropractor go bankrupt? He owed too much in back taxes

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